This post doesn't ask any questions. In fact, it's a stereotypical post for this time of year.
No, it's not a food post...that'll come later on Thursday.
It's the Thankful Post.
I was out at the dog park with Koda last night. Under the stars, north of town at the foot of the Bridger mountain range - I could see down onto Bozeman. For the first time since I've been here, I felt utterly content to be where and how I am. I have finally gotten used to the things that previously annoyed me (Montanan's, at least in Bozeman, are fantastic at pulling the "rolling stop"). And, while I still don't have a core group of friends, I do have friendly acquaintances and people I could call up and get a drink with on the weekends if I wanted to.
I live in a cozy apartment that is spacious enough that Nathan, Koda, and I can all be in it and still be in separate rooms if we want to get away from each other. That apartment is right next to a beautiful little pond that I get to walk my dog around regularly. That pond is surrounded by trees (one of my favorite types) which also block out the businesses surrounding it, so all I can see is Hyalite Canyon in the distance. And, when I do come home from those dog walks, and Nathan is home - we get along. We don't fight, we have discussions. He lets me indulge in my cooking/baking hobby, even if it does mean that the electric/heat bill goes up a bit. I only hope I give him as much freedom as he gives me.
(Nathan, if you're reading this, and I don't....let's have a discussion).
At work, I have an incredibly supportive staff and administration that are willing to send me to conferences so I can continue to be a better educator. They give me advice and they have welcomed me with open arms. They are okay with the fact that I do things a little bit differently and don't burn me at a stake every time I propose something that doesn't make the most sense.
While I haven't gotten to know too much of the community surrounding my school, it also seems supportive. I'll know more after the Christmas concert.
As I'm writing this, staring out the window at the kiddos on the playground, I feel calm and content. I am Thankful to be working a job I enjoy. I am Thankful to be able to afford to have food on the table every night...and food that I made. I am Thankful that I can go for hikes on the weekend and really get away from people. I am Thankful that I can still indulge my introverted-ness.
I am Thankful that I have a family that supported me moving away and starting my own career somewhere else. I am Thankful that my family and I are comfortable saying "Love Ya" to each other. I know a lot of families where that's seen as "odd" - and I don't get it.
More than anything, though, I am Thankful that I get to go home tomorrow (on a plane! Not driving!) to see that family and spend time together.
Hey, and Thanks for letting me indulge in a Thankful post.
You know, studies have shown that you can significantly improve your happiness by stating even just one thing that you are Thankful for every day. Whether it's the season or not.